The 21st Century Business Herald said China’s Ministry of Industry has asked technology companies, including Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, to stop blocking links between websites on some of its platforms.
He added, citing anonymous sources, that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology proposed on Friday standard to companies for instant messaging services and informed them that all platforms should be unblocked in a certain moment.
The ministry said it may have to resort to other measures if companies do not comply, as quoted by Reuters, and seen by “Al Arabiya.net”.
The move is the latest in a regulatory crackdown that spans sectors from technology to gaming and entertainment companies.
The meeting was attended by companies including Alibaba, Tencent, Bitdance, Baidu, Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi.
Internet in China is dominated by a handful of tech giants who have historically blocked competitors’ connections and services on their platforms, creating what analysts describe as “walled gardens”.
In recent months, regulators have cracked down on companies, accusing them of creating monopolies and limiting consumer choices.
In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Alibaba and Tencent were gradually taking in consider opening their services to each other, such as Tencent’s introduction of WeChat Pay in Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall e-commerce markets.
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